Monday, June 14, 2010

Troubleshooting Virtual Machine snapshot problems

A nice guide on Troubleshooting VM snapshot problems -->

This troubleshooting guide explains basic concepts about Virtual Machine snapshots and different troubleshooting paths depending on the problem. This guide was designed for ESX3.5 and extra considerations have to be taken if working with ESX3.5i or ESX4(i). The formulas and most of the procedures described in this document were created by Ruben as part of a continuous troubleshooting improvement process.

Ruben is also creator of SnapVMX utility.

While troubleshooting Virtual Machine (VM) snapshot problems sometimes it is important to retrieve a lot of information in order to take the most appropriate decision in accordance with the situation. That collection and arrangement of information may take a long time especially if the VM has many snapshots.

SnapVMX was created to speed up the troubleshooting process bringing you instantaneously all the information that you need to evaluate the situation and take the correct decision, reducing the downtime to the bare minimum needed to solve the problem,
Source : Eric Blog

Also Try below VMware KB TV - Consolidating snapshots (VMware KB 1007849) - video below

Using MOB- (Managed Object Browser) --> Ops Panel for ESX

I was recently reading Eric Sloof article,
Where you can go and edit (index.html - which opens as ESX server home page) customize by using MOB (Via Java Scripting).. here is the cool video by Eric.

The Operations Panel is a script tool, which runs on the client browser and extends the default ESX server web page with a short list of all available virtual machines. It gives the user the ability to perform simple power operations (start, stop, suspend, resume). Easily accessible user interface for some of the most common operations on an ESX host, available directly from the ESX home page.

Ops Panel for ESX from Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL on Vimeo.

Top 10 Free vSphere ESX Tools and Utilities

Top 10 Free vSphere ESX Tools and Utilities

64GB Addressable Memory Limit on ESX 3.x Host

Prior to ESX 3.5 Update 3, the ability to address more than 64GB of memory on ESX Server 3.5 is suppressed by default. In a standard installation, a 36bit MTRR mask is forced, even though the machine may support 40bit mask values. This means that the ESX Server may see any memory above 64GB as memory that is in use. For example, if an ESX server has 256GB of RAM, the Memory Usage counter displays 192GB in use and only 64GB free. If you attempt to create a virtual machine using memory exceeding the available 64GB of memory, you see an Insufficient Memory error. This condition is documented in the following location:

For more details & Resolution refer Jason Boche Article below..